Renovating is an exciting time but for some people it can be a bit overwhelming. We recommend following these 5 simple steps to help get you started.
Top 5 things to consider before you begin your renovation:
1. Decide the reason for renovating
There are plenty of reasons for wanting to renovate, whether it’s creating more room, improving practicality or updating the style of your home. It is important for you to keep your purpose in mind throughout the process – don’t forget to make your purpose known to your renovator/contractor so they can plan and design to coincide with your vision.
2. Consider a style that won’t date quickly
Design trends are forever changing and evolving so you need to be careful when making decisions based on what style is “in” at that very moment in time. You never know if that trend will last a month, 6 months or a year! If you are wanting a modern space that will last for years, search for a more everlasting style. You can always add “on trend” accessories (handles, lights, appliances) that can be easily updated as you wish.
3. Collate all your ideas and inspo
Before beginning the renovation make sure you have collated all your ideas to ensure your renovators have a clear idea of your style. Develop ideas from Pinterest, Houzz, Magazines, Instagram, Google - the inspirational content is endless these days. From there, you can start collecting samples of colours and materials, and narrow down your selections.
4. Think about the little details
Where will the sink be? Do you want finger-pull drawers, push to open drawers or handles? What lighting do you want? How much storage do you need? Do you need to replace appliances or can you keep your old ones? It's important not to overlook little details as these can sometimes be awkward to change or fix down the track.
5. Cheaper is not always best
We all love to save money and keep costs down but sometimes choosing the cheapest quote can really be too good to be true. If you want your renovation to last long term and add value to your home we recommend not cutting corners when it comes to quality. Use respectable companies that use good quality brands such as; Laminex, Polytec and Caesarstone.